Fifa may can Confederations Cup: Infantino

KOLKATA • Global football governing body Fifa could replace the Confederations Cup with a new world club competition, its president Gianni Infantino said yesterday.

Fifa organises a Club World Cup every year, featuring the champion clubs of each continent, but it has been dominated by Europe.

European champions have won nine of the last 10 editions, with Brazilian side Corinthians winning in 2012.

The Confederations Cup is held in the year before a World Cup and features the respective national team champions of each continent.

"The current Club World Cup is a nice competition but it has not really had the impact that was hoped in development of club football around the world," Infantino said at a media conference after a Fifa Council meeting.

"We have to see if we can come up with something special, something new which will help club football and confederations all around the world.

"When Fifa organises a competition, it should be something special, so either we find a special tournament or we'd rather not do it."

But he stressed that it was important not to further congest the international calendar.

"One option could be to organise it instead of the Confederations Cup," he said.

One certain change that Fifa announced yesterday will see the 32 countries competing at next year's World Cup share US$400 million (S$548 million) in prize money. That is a 12 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, Fifa said.

The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was US$358 million - US$35 million of which was awarded to champions Germany, with runners-up Argentina pocketing US$25 million. Countries who failed to advance beyond the group stage received US$8 million.

Fifa also approved a decision to enhance the bidding regulations for the 2026 World Cup and appointed members of the bid evaluation task force.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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